Law enforcement is currently in the midst of a complex and changing landscape that demands strong, ethical, and courageous leadership. Police leaders are called upon to provide both management and leadership, build trust in the community and the agency, model ethical behavior on and off the job, develop upcoming leaders, and guide internal change—among numerous other responsibilities. This issue explores and unpacks these roles and issues to help law enforcement leaders of all levels best serve their agencies, officers, and communities.
Leadership and management are concepts regularly used in organizational change and reform literature. This is particularly evident in police settings, and, oftentimes, the two concepts are (mis)unders...
Leadership is “the ability of an individual to influence [emphasis added], motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organization.” Influence is...
The mission of police administrators, as with leaders in any organization, is to train employees who will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to provide quality services to the customers whom th...
John Crawford III was a 22-year-old African American man killed in a Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio, on August 5, 2014. A few months later, on November 22, 2014, Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African...
Kenneth Baribault, an officer with the Nassau County, New York, Police Department (pictured above), was nearing the end of his shift in the early morning hours of May 18, 2008, when he pulled over the...
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